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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

A Wild Show

Howdy, pardners! Welcome to the Town of Triple R, where the Sheriff has four paws and the theme is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Our Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater live animal show is set in the Wild West, featuring an all-star cast of animals and keepers.

Off-season, swing by for a Close Encounter. Giddy-up!

Discover Wild Wonders

A Pretty Wild Encounter
12pm daily
Meet an aardvark, or a tamandua, a skunk or eagle - close up and in person! You never know who'll be there at noon daily at a Close Encounter.
See daily schedule
Find it
in the zoo
Head straight downhill from the central plaza and you’ll spot the theater, with its partially covered seating and ADA-accessible ramp. Be sure to get there early for a good spot.
Plan your day

Meet the stars!

Herald
Mazie
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Thurston
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

A Tapir Ultrasound

Zoological Aide Katie Schachtsick holds a long-handled back-scratcher and applies just the right amount of pressure as she rubs it across the black-and-white hide of endangered Malayan tapir Yuna. It’s clear Yuna enjoys the attention – and the back rub – leaning into the scratcher and then moving her stout legs down, getting into a … Continued

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AI for endangered tigers

Cross your paws. And think of tiger cubs! Our endangered female Sumatran tigers, 5-year-old Kali and 4-year-old Kirana, could be pregnant. Both were artificially inseminated Jan. 30 with sperm from 14-year-old Mohan. We won’t know for a few weeks if a pregnancy resulted, but if successful, tiger cubs would be born in May. But it … Continued

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5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.